Latin Quarter & Left Bank Along Lost River

  • On this 3-hour walking tour, you will explore the best of the medieval Paris with Ramona following the path of a Lost River.

  • Duration icon3 H
    Participants icon1 - 6
    Offered in English
  • Latin Quarter & Left Bank Along Lost River

  • On this 3-hour walking tour, you will explore the best of the medieval Paris with Ramona following the path of a Lost River.

  • Duration icon3 H
    Participants icon1 - 6
    Offered in English
  • Offered in English
  • Meet your host, Ramona R
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    Bonjour, My name is Ramona, my friends call me Parisina due to my love for Paris. I have a diploma in tourism management, guide courses and courses of art and archaeology. I’m certified Tour Guide in France and a 'professional traveller'. I love my job, Paris, Rome, good food, to meet new people and to go to art galleries. It will be my pleasure to share my knowledge and passion with you and to show you around. I spend a lot of my free time in museums, to discover the stories behind the paintings and the life of the commissioners because that makes one understand the works of art. Every painting tells a story. Come to discover the stories and the city with me! «Guide-conférencier» Official Lecturer-guide, badge number N°GC/18/92/221/P, issued in France.

  • What you will see and do

    In this tour, you will experience the medieval Paris!
    On this 3-hour walking tour, you will explore the best of the medieval Paris with me, following (for a part of the tour) on the path of the Lost River.

    Enjoy colourful markets, Gothic churches, narrow medieval streets and Roman ruins in Paris! We'll follow a natural waterway in the heart of Paris, La Bièvre, a river (not the Seine) who existed until the beginning of the 20th century, flowed in the Seine, and which was later transformed into a colourful market street boarded by restaurants, bars and shops with French cheese speciality.
    You will see landmarks like the Pantheon, the famous library that was a model for the one in Boston and stunning Gothic churches.
    The American author Ernest Hemmingway, lived in the area, just steps from the market street and the Square Saint Médard.
    I will show you Gothic and Romanesque churches, secret streets, places connected with Dan Brown's Da Vinci Code and "Priory of Sion", Roman roads and Roman ruins, Merovingian places and a torture chamber, right downtown!
    We will stroll one of Paris' cutest neighbourhood following the 'Lost River' on the Left Bank of the Seine, a river that still flowing under the streets of Paris.

    NOTE:
    1 - Market opening Hours: Tuesday to Saturday. Closed Mondays & Sunday afternoon.
    2 - The tour starts with Shakespeare & Company and ends in the Square Saint-Médard.
    To get back not far from the starting point needs to take the subway L7 (M. Censier-Daubenton, or M. Place Monge, or M. Monge Arènes de Lutèce) change with L10 or take L10 from M. Jussieu and arrive at Cluny-La Sorbonne.
    Uber /Taxi (6€ /10€) on your own. Please note the transportation it isn't included in the tour.

    DETAILED ITINERARY:
    (1) Shakespeare & Company, the famous English Parisian Bookstore, opened by American Sylvia Beach in 1919, a gathering place for writers such as Hemingway, James Joyce and many others
    (2) Saint-Julien-le-Pauvre* Romanesque Church dating back to the 13th century
    (3) Saint Severin* Gothic Church, dating from the 15th century
    (4) Thermes & Cluny Hotel - ancient Roman Baths
    (5) Sorbonne University and Sorbonne district
    (6) The Panthéon*, an example of neoclassicism from the 18th century, a tribute to the Roman architecture.
    (7) The Library Sainte Geneviève* (the model used by McKim for the Boston Public Library in the USA. (The American architect graduating from Harvard, also studied architecture at the École-des Beaux-Arts in Paris.)
    (8) Church of Saint-Etienne du Mont*.
    (9) The Clovis Bell Tower & the College Henri IV*.
    (10) The animated Rue Mouffetard & the Marché.
    (11) Square & the gothic church Saint-Médard*.
    End of the tour. The length of the tour 4 Km.
    * means an exterior visit.
    In this tour you will understand why this district is called the ''Latin Quarter'', you will learn about the beginnings of the French University, you will discover remarkable monuments & Roman ruins and you will enjoy the colourful atmosphere of a street market.
    Reduction for children under 12, please contact me.

  • Included iconWhat's included

    Guiding services.
  • Not included iconWhat's not included

    Subway tickets, coffee, entrance fee, others.
  • Policy iconCancellation policy

  • I'll be standing in front of the big Fountain and I will hold a black stick in my hand. You will also have my phone number after the booking.

  • 1 review

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    October 2019

    What an interesting tour to learn about some of the "secrets" Paris holds in plain sight. I really enjoyed some of the stories and learning about the hidden river among other things. I also appreciated being able to go at the pace I wanted and that we could stop off and discuss places/things that popped up on the tour.

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